Maintenance planned for Luanda refinery in 2010

5 January 2010

Luanda, Angola, 5 Jan – Some services of Luanda’s refinery will be suspended in mid-2010 so that maintenance work can be carried out, Angolan Oil Minister Botelho de Vasconcelos has announced in Luanda.

The decision to expand and modernise the Luanda refinery, built in 1958 with a capacity to produce 100,000 tonnes of fuel, was subject to a feasibility study, Botelho de Vasconcelos said.

A 1973 enlargement increased annual production to 1.5 million tonnes and it is currently able to refine 37,500 barrels of oil per day, amounts far below market needs, which have led the country to import more than 60 percent of its refined products.

A refinery is also being built in Lobito, where the first phase of work should be completed in 2014, the minister said.

The Lobito refinery, located in Benguela province, should have a processing capacity of about 200,000 barrels per day.